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Posted by Mitch
In these latter days, we’ve torn down most of our totems, set fire to our traditions. In every area of our culture, the idea of listening to the chants of the elders, is laughable, a dead practice of primitive peoples. Those old chants are the ones that make no literal sense but gain all their meaning from the storyteller’s passion, through all the nonverbal communication that layers atop human speech.
Like a preacher quoting awkward scripture from King James, stumbling over the archaic words and lost meanings, but somehow investing the words with meaning through sheer force of will, so too do actors hand down Shakespeare’s words to each generation.
And gods those words are poetry. See, poetry isn’t in the words themselves, it’s in the gaps between them, the echoes of meaning that bounce around our skulls between the words. Poetry is never in the literal meaning of the words, it’s in the sideways connections that it sparks, in the sounds that sound like other sounds, and the pitter patter rhythm as the consonants lurch from vowel to vowel. Poems are words dancing, and dance doesn’t require lyrics.
What Shakespeare does, by dint of being the hallowed and holy text of our storytellers, is force us to hear that poetry. Poetry is hard, something easier skimmed over by an inflexible mind. It’s meant to be read aloud but we’re a culture that reads in its head and thus loses something of its poetry. But that’s the trick with the Bard. We always hear him aloud, and because the language has aged so much, we can rarely cop out and hear it literally. The words are familiar enough to make us think we should understand it, so that when we don’t, we are forced to read between the words and feel it in our blood instead of our minds.
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